MSO jams for juniors

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have been running their popular Jams for Juniors program for under 5s for many years, but this is their first time to the National Gallery of Victoria.

And what a spectacular setting it is for a classical music concert!

Originally the concert we are invited to attend is in the Great Hall but at the last minute it changes to the 17th and 18th century paintings gallery. This is in fact a better space, as it is more enclosed and away from the distractions of the forecourt, the sculpture garden and Leonard French’s stained glass ceiling.

MSO jams for juniors

Although Tieopolo’s Banquet of Cleopatra is a pretty stunning backdrop!

MSO jams for juniors

Each Jams for Juniors is a 30 minute session where kids aged 0-5 and their carers play along with musicians from the orchestra.

MSO jams for juniors

The kids have maracas, castanets and bells and are encouraged to bang, hit and shake them while also learning about rhythm and melody.

MSO jams for juniors

We are aptly playing music from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and keep a keen eye on the conductor to know when to stop and when to go!

MSO jams for juniors

Note that the gallery’s bare walls and floors, plus the enhanced sound from microphones and speakers, means that the volume can get loud. If you have a child who’s sensitive to loud noises then sit at the back.

MSO jams for juniors

At the end of the concert you can get closer to the instruments and have a bang of a snare drum or see a cello string being plucked.

The next MSO Jams for Juniors concert is also at the NGV before moving to the Iwaki Auditorium for the rest of the year.

While you’re at the NGV make time to check out Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids and the NGV Car Wash!

HOT Tips:

  • pram access (via lifts);
  • seating is on the floor;
  • every adult and child requires a ticket;
  • Other family friendly exhibitions at the NGV include Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids and the NGV Car Wash;
  • The Gallery Cafe has high chairs, pram access and a kids lunchbox.

MSO Jams for JuniorsNational Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Next concert Sat 25 March 10, 11, 12, 1pm

Future concerts (number 3-8) at Iwaki Auditorium Southbank


Thanks to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra I have 1 x double pass (1 adult and 1 child) pass to the next MSO Jams for Juniors concert on Saturday 25 March 12pm.

To win just follow the instructions below. The winner will be chosen randomly after midnight Monday 20 February and notified via email regarding pickup information. Good luck!

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